BMW 5 Series review - Reliability and safety
Cutting edge safety kit is available on all models, while tried and tested mechanicals should prove reliable
The 5 Series ranked 49th out of a 75-car list in our 2021 Driver Power survey, while BMW itself came 21st out of 29 manufacturers - still a disappointing result, but up from 27th place in 2020.
Both the four- and six-cylinder diesels featured in various forms in the old model, while the four-cylinder turbocharged petrol units debuted in the smaller 3 Series. Also familiar to other BMW owners will be the eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Even though the structure, interior and infotainment of the 5 Series are all new, the mechanicals have been thoroughly developed over the last decade or so. EuroNCAP awarded the executive saloon a full five-star rating in 2017, with impressive marks for both adult and child occupant safety.
Like all BMW models, the 5 Series has been engineered to be entertaining and engaging to drive. However, the car’s agile handling is backed up by a suite of safety systems, including stability control, autonomous emergency braking and adaptive LED brake lights that flash during an emergency stop. All versions also get powerful LED headlamps and six airbags.
Also included as standard is BMW’s ConnectedDrive Services, which can alert emergency services in the event of an accident.
If you want even more peace of mind, then you can add lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition, although these can only be had in the Technology Plus Pack which, at £4,995, is off-putting.
As with all BMW models, the 5 Series is backed by a three-year and unlimited mileage warranty. This guarantee also comes with breakdown recovery for the same period.
The 530e and 545e are covered under the same terms, apart from its battery pack that comes with a separate six-year warranty – although this has a mileage limit of 100,000.
Paintwork on the car is guaranteed for three years, while any corrosion issues will be covered for 12 years.
BMW was one of the pioneers of the pre-paid servicing package, so it’s no surprise to find the 5 Series is available with a similar scheme.
A pay-monthly servicing plan of £25 per month over three years includes two services, plus fluid top ups, an MOT and sat-nav map updates, among other things.
In this review
- 1BMW 5 Series reviewTerrific to drive and packed with the latest tech, the supremely capable BMW 5 Series is better than ever
- 2Engines, performance and driveOverall weight reduction means the BMW 5 Series is faster and better to drive than ever
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsLow emissions and strong residuals make the 5 Series a top choice for business users and private buyers
- 4Interior, design and technologyTop quality materials, slick design and cutting edge tech combine to create a cabin that oozes premium appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe 5 Series is a match for rivals on practicality, although the boot space isn't the biggest in class
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingCutting edge safety kit is available on all models, while tried and tested mechanicals should prove reliable